Updated 35.8 kWh Volkswagen e-Golf Now On Sale In Germany, Priced From €35,900

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2017 Volkswagen e-Golf’s debut last year in Los Angeles in November

VW e-Golf facelift with 300-km range costs €35,900 in Germany

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

Volkswagen is now accepting orders at home in Germany for the upgraded e-Golf, which you’ll be happy to hear has switched to a larger 35.8-kWh battery. Compared to the old one that had a 24.2-kWh pack, the revised electric compact can travel for 50 percent more before running out of juice, with an official rating of 300 kilometers (186 miles) in the New European Driving Cycle.

Bear in mind NEDC is not super accurate, so it’s highly unlikely you’ll be able to hit the 300-km mark, but even so it should be a vast improvement over the pre-facelift e-Golf. More important than the overly optimistic NEDC rating, VW is confident the battery can last for up to 200 km (124 miles) in the real world.

The zero-emissions model will be available from now on with a standard 9.2-inch touchscreen for the Discover Pro infotainment system featuring support for gesture controls. Customers will also receive an extended array of safety kit, including Front Assist, City Emergency Braking, and Pedestrian Monitoring. The folks from Wolfsburg will also throw in a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel and will install an upgraded electric motor pushing out an extra 20 hp (15 kW) for a total of 136 hp (100 kW). That’s going to be enough to allow the e-Golf run to 62 mph (100 kph) in 9.6 seconds.

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf Instrumentation

2017 VW e-Golf Cluster (photo: Natham Leach-Proffer/Motor1)

At an additional cost, buyers will be given the possibility to opt for the fancy all-digital instrument cluster (pictured above) known in VW’s vocabulary as the “Active Info Display.”

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf gets a slight refresh

As with the conventional Golfs powered by combustion engines, the EV has a mildly updated exterior with a new look for the LED headlights and taillights. An electrical heating unit is in charge of heating the e-Golf’s interior cabin and VW says it will be able to do so even at temperatures below 0 degrees Celsius.

Owners can actually heat up the car remotely while it’s charging by using a smartphone app dubbed “Car-Net e-Remote.” Upon activation, the energy necessary for heating the cabin will be directly sourced from the electrical grid, thus ensuring the batteries are charged as usual.

Those willing to fork out more cash can go for the optional heat pump warming the e-Golf’s interior by utilizing ambient air and lost heat from the powertrain’s components. Developed specifically for the model, the heat pump reduces the electrical consumption, so it consequently extends the overall range.

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41 responses to "Updated 35.8 kWh Volkswagen e-Golf Now On Sale In Germany, Priced From €35,900"

  1. Someone out there says:

    Or pay about the same amount for an Opel Ampera-e with almost twice the performance…
    Poor VW!

    1. Yah pretty much eh? If I’m not mistaken, that’s REALLY expensive for 35Kwh pack. The Ioniq, Focus and Leaf are all in and around that for way less… aren’t they? They are around these parts.

      1. Mr. M says:

        eGolf, Leaf vor Ioniq prices are all around the same. 1-2k€ difference maybe, although im not 100% sure about the Ionicq

        1. R.S says:

          The 30kWh Leaf can be had for €31,265, but Nissan also gives an extra €1000 bonus cash, to make increase the incentives to 5k. So the Leaf is about 5.5k cheaper, but also has 5kWh less and looks like a Nissan Leaf.

      2. Looks like CDN pricing starts around $35K CAD

    2. leafowner says:

      YAWN

  2. How does the price compare to the previous e-Golf?

    When is it likely to be sold here in the US?

    I thought the current model has an 85kW motor, and that this new model has a 120kW motor? That would be a 35kW increase.

    1. Miggy says:

      “upgraded electric motor pushing out an extra 20 hp (15 kW) for a total of 136 hp (100 kW).”
      Bolt has a 150 kW motor.

  3. SparkEV says:

    130 HP on this new eGolf is 10 HP less than even old SparkEV’s 140 HP, not to mention 70 HP less than Bolt. Only thing saving it might be bit bigger space behind the seats than Bolt. But is that worth 1/2 the power, 1/2 the range for roughly the same money?

    Also of question is lack of active thermal management for battery.

    1. pjwood1 says:

      Yup. Totally caught it too. 35KWh are capable of bursting at least 200KW, but they’re still keeping most of that power “in the can”, by using a 100KW motor. Still, an improvement. Just frustrating to see untapped potential.

      I wonder in how many places one finds battery cells, in this car?

      1. vdiv says:

        The battery is not thermally managed so they may have to take it easy. Similarly DCFC on the old e-Golf was rather slow.

  4. Some Guy says:

    The Ampera-e will be around 40 k€ in Germany, whicht is somewhat more (but also it comes with more range).
    However, both vehicles are eligible for full 4 k€ subsidy.

  5. Mil says:

    Sorry but screw VW. You were dishonest about emissions tests. You claim to be doing the right thing by offering compensation in the states but clearly this is for it’s own self gain as it is not offering this level of compensation in the UK because is claims it did not break the law. Screw you VW, screw you!

    1. I’ll let them pass if they can create that bus concept just the way it is and make it a full BEV with 50-60kWh battery and do it for $35-45K USD

    2. ffbj says:

      That’s about the size of it. Unconvincing death-row conversion.+1

  6. Mikael says:

    Even below 0 degrees Celsius? And the aircon works even above 17 degrees Celsius. 😛

    What about at minus 30-40 degrees?

  7. Dave says:

    If the Ampera-E survives the Opel sell off

  8. Another (Euro) industrial point of view says:

    At least it seems the price did not change with the increase of battery capacity. EGolf is a mystery to me in the way that it sells hugely well in Norway and very badly elsewhere while with other EVs like Tesla or Leaf sales figures seems to be spread more evenly among countries despite large differences in EV incentives.

    1. viktor says:

      In Europe we use to have mush smaller cars then in US, if I don’t drive out to the country i will probably don’t see a pickup in month compere to US there F150 is the best selling car.

      Last year the best selling car in Sweden was Volkswagen Golf but the eGolf cost about the double wish means it sells really poor. In Norway on the other hand, the incentives is completely different wish makes eGolf really popular.

      1. Another (Euro) industrial point of view says:

        Yes but then how come the Leaf is selling so bad in Norway as compared to eGolf. I wish I could understand this as it has been going on many years like this. This is very specific to Norway.

        1. Mr. M says:

          The Leaf is selling very good compared to the eGolf i think. A newcomer (Leaf) catching 50% of the numbers of the most liked car Golf for Ages…) is really good to me.

        2. Viktor says:

          What do you mean with so bad, last year there where 4705 eGolf and 4162 Leaf sold in Norway, is that a huge different?

          1. Another (Euro) industrial point of view says:

            True, it seems Leaf catched up eGolf sales figures with its bigger battery. My figures are a bit dated.

    2. Counter-Strike Cat says:

      Volkswagen will outsell Tesla with big margin.

  9. Get Real says:

    Well I think that it illustrates that up to the present, VW simply has not been competitive in electrification.

    They never took it seriously and therefore didn’t do the hard work preparing for its eventuality.

    They really hadn’t done a whole lot of the necessary things like the engineering and lining up the supply chain for items like massive amounts of batteries at reasonable prices.

    Now at least they claim they will be going in big time and that is a good thing but will it be too little, too late remains to be seen.

  10. spinner says:

    Once more increment up to >150 miles of real range along with a good >150 kWh fast charger network and for European drivers that will be fine.

  11. Get Real says:

    Yes and no.

    If they are selling cars at higher prices with lower range and other specs then their competition then VW will be screwed.

  12. leafowner says:

    36 KW is so 2015…..move to 2017 already VW. 60kw is the new standard.

  13. John Jenkins says:

    Why do cars with electronic dashboards still show old fashioned dials? Just a large mph would make more sense and easier to see.

    And place it above the wheel so you don’t have to look down away from the road.

    And stop placing car logo badges the same as all the other boring cars tight slap bang in the middle at the front. Place it somewhere else to stand out.

    1. pjwood1 says:

      Because EV owners want dials. Gas car drivers want touch screens. #NewStudy

    2. wavelet says:

      Dials are much easier and faster to comprehend than digital numbers. There are a bunch of studies about this.

  14. Karl says:

    Wonder if this had any influence/collaberation:

    http://www.kreiselelectric.com/en/projects/electric-golf/

  15. David Murray says:

    The real question is, when will VW make this available in the USA, in all 50 states, and at a competitive price? Because until they do that, it is still just a compliance car.

    1. Counter-Strike Cat says:

      All Tesla cars are compliance cars, because Tesla did not sell them in all EU states.

      1. Mr. M says:

        Lol, good catch.

  16. Bill Howland says:

    Yeah, it looks like many automakers will be knocking on Kreisel’s door sooner rather than later. Whether Germans look down at the Opel Ampera-e or not, it is a compelling vehicle compared to other companies’ offerings for the price.

    I suspect that neither GM nor Ford wants to tinker excessively with their HIGHLY-PROFITABLE pickup truck product lines (at the auto show one decked out f-150 was $85,000), but it seems that a colorado-sized mini-pickup could perfectly handle the 200 hp/ 60 kwh / 92 mph of the BOLT drive train.

  17. KJ says:

    So… does the smaller motor improve efficiency…. even the previous e-golf model gets over 4 mi/kWh according to actual owners. That’s pretty good for the size with older tech .. bolt ~ 4 mi/kWh

  18. Hari says:

    Isn’t the dash a little bit too 2005ish?

  19. Ach.Fr says:

    Ridiculously overpriced.

    Watch the configurator. The list of UN-included options is mind blowing, even some basics. Just add a few and you’re at 40k€. That’s the exepected price of the incoming BOLT with double the range. Hello VW ?

    Remote control, sure it’s cool… again VW charges the service. Only 1 year is included with the car. You have to renew the service for a premium.

    Not to mention the battery capacity that can certainly not explain the price.

    This would have been a great competition for the LEAF, Ioniq, IF it was priced accordingly, which it is NOT.

    1. unlucky says:

      The Bolt/Ampera-e has remote too and they don’t charge for it. At least that’s what the salesman said for me. He said when my 3 months free OnStar run out the remote app will continue to work. I’ll report in if that turns out not to be the case.

  20. Bob Nan says:

    Will this be sold in all states in Germany or just the few states like in USA.

    I guess the price is double that of petrol version.

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